Korean Air (KAL)

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KAL

   ICAO/IATA

KAL / KE

Country

Korea, Republic of

Established

0

Fleet size

165

Average age

12

Korean Air was established in 0 in Korea, Republic of. Korean Air operates 165 airplanes with average age of 12 years. The newest plane is built in 2017 and the oldest plane is built in 1997.

Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., which operates as Korean Air, is the flag carrier and largest airline of South Korea based on international destinations, international flights and fleet size. The global headquarters of the airline are situated in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The company was established in 1946 as Korean National Airlines. After a few years of service and expansion, the carrier was fully privatized in 1969.

The international passenger division and subsidiary cargo division of Korean Air together serve a total of 127 cities in 44 different countries, while airline's domestic division serves 13 destinations. KAL also operates between Incheon and a total of 22 cities in mainland China. Along with Asiana Airlines, it is one of the couple of largest foreign airlines to operate into People's Republic of China.

Korean Air

Korean Air is among the world's top 20 airlines in terms of passengers carried, as well as top-ranked international cargo airline. The international hub of Korean Air is Incheon International Airport. The airline also maintains satellite headquarters campus at Incheon. Most of Korean Air's ground staff, flight attendants and pilots are based in Seoul.

Korean Air is Jin Air's parent company and a founding member of SkyTeam airline alliance. It was voted best airline of Asia by Business Traveler readers 2012.

Korean Air Classes

  • First Class: Amenities include In-flight Amenity Kit Service (on flights more than 6 hours) with 5 different luxury brand DAVI cosmetic items packed in a convenient pouch, plus toothbrush, toothpaste and eye mask for guests' convenience; Wake-up service at passengers' requested time; In-seat power supply system; In-Seat Power Voltage 110V/60Hz; Dream Lounge, A380 "Celestial Bar" relaxation space for Prestige and First class passengers; Duvet Service and In-flight Comfort Clothing (provided to passengers on lengthy flights to Europe, Oceania, America and the Middle East); Mood lighting.
  • Prestige Class: Amenities include In-flight Amenity Kit Service (provided to passengers on lengthy flights to Europe, Oceania, America and the Middle East) with 3 different luxury brand DAVI cosmetic items packed in a convenient pouch, plus toothbrush, toothpaste and eye mask for guests' convenience; Wake-up service at passengers' requested time; In-seat power supply system; In-Seat Power Voltage 110V/60Hz; Dream Lounge, A380 "Celestial Bar" relaxation space for Prestige and First class passengers; Duvet Service and In-flight Comfort Clothing (provided to passengers on lengthy flights to Europe, Oceania, America and the Middle East); Mood lighting; Handicap accessible restrooms. Seats include "Prestige Sleeper" on all Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ERs reclining to 180 degrees, as well as 777-200ER aircraft featuring "Kosmo Suites" seats. "Prestige Plus" seats reclining up to 172 degrees are offered on most Boeing 777-200ER fleet, most of Boeing 747-400 fleet, and Boeing 777-300. "Old Prestige Class" seats reclining up to 138 degrees are being phased out except for onboard Boeing 737 aircraft. 
  • Economy Class: Amenities include In-flight Amenity Kit Service (provided to passengers on lengthy flights to Europe, Oceania, America and the Middle East) with folding slippers and toothbrush set; Wake-up service at passengers' requested time; In-seat power supply system; In-Seat Power Voltage 110V/60Hz; Dream Lounge, A380 "Celestial Bar" relaxation space for Prestige and First class passengers; Duvet Service and In-flight Comfort Clothing (provided to passengers on lengthy flights to Europe, Oceania, America and the Middle East); Mood lighting; Handicap accessible restrooms. Economy Class seats recline up to 121 degrees. "New Economy Class" type of seat is being installed on Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with Kosmo Suites, Boeing 777-300, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A380 aircraft (factory-installed), and new Boeing 747-8i. The "Kosmo Suites" and "Prestige Sleeper" seats were introduced on Boeing 777-300ERs (May 2009). Both could stretch to 180 degrees. 

Korean Air travel classes

Baggage 

Carry-on baggage: All carry-on baggage must fit under the seat in front or in the aircraft's overhead bin. In addition to 1 personal item (laptop, purse, overcoat) passengers are allowed 1 carry-on bag with dimensions (length+height+width) not exceeding 115 cm (45 in) and which doesn't weigh over 12 kg (25 lbs). Business and First Class passengers are allowed 2 carry-on bags with dimensions (length+height+width) not exceeding 115 cm (45 in) and which doesn't weigh over 18 kg (40 lbs).

Checked baggage

Travel to/from Unied States, Canada, Transpacific:

  • Economy Class passengers are allowed 2 pieces of baggage as long as each piece doesn't weigh over 23 kg (50 lbs) and the total of the dimensions of both bags doesn't exceed 273 cm (107 in).
  • Business Class passengers are allowed 2 pieces of baggage as long as each piece doesn't weigh over 32 kg (70 lbs) and the total of the dimensions of each bag doesn't exceed 158 cm (62 in).
  • First Class passengers are allowed 2 pieces of baggage as long as each piece doesn't weigh over 32 kg (70 lbs) and the total of the dimensions of each bag doesn't exceed 158 cm (62 in).

Travel to/from Europe and Asia:

  • Max Weight for Economy Class Passengers: 20 kg (44 lbs) total
  • Max Weight for Business Class Passengers: 30 kg (66 lbs) total
  • Max Weight for First Class Passengers: 40 kg (88 lbs) total.

Boarding 

  • For travel to/from Europe and the United States, Korean Air recommends passengers arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their flight. Check-in closing and boarding for domestic flights is 20 minutes before scheduled departure; for international flights it is 40 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • Korean Air doesn't offer online check-in.
  • International flight boarding starts 30 minutes and closes 10 minutes before the departure time. Domestic flight boarding starts 20 minutes and closes 5 minutes before the departure time.
  • Aviation Security Act requires that the airline checks passenger’s boarding pass and passport at the boarding gate.
  • Seat Selection is made via Service Centers, passenger's travel agency, or ticketing offices. Travelers can select preferred seat via homepage or application. Exit row and bulkhead seating can be only assigned at the airport. 

Korean Air food and drinks

Food & Drinks

  • First class meals: "From Farm to Flight" Korean Air offers healthy and delicious food, all from fresh ingredients. (rib eye steak, beef ribs, chicken dishes from Jedong pastures in the pure region of Mt.Halla of Jeju Island). The popular Jedong Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup is also offered, along with organically grown products like paprika and cherry tomatoes. Top quality dishes maintaining the authenticity of traditional Korean meals include Korean Style Dongchimi noodles, bibimbap and pumpkin nutritious rice. The formal Korean menu is served in courses including an appetizer, main course with side dishes and dessert. Special wines from Alsace, Bordeaux and Bourgogne regions of France are served along with the basic service. Italian, German and California wines are also included depending on the destination of Korean Air flight. Top quality champagne is also served, such as Perrier-Jouet from France, with over 200 years of tradition.
  • Prestige class meals: A wide variety of Korean dishes, including Korean-style Dongchimi noodles, Kalbi-jjim (braised beef short-ribs), fresh crab in soy sauce, Bulgogi with rice, can only be experienced with the carrier Korean Air, and are all served on elegant Korean dishware. Special wines from Alsace, Bordeaux and Bourgogne regions of France are served along with the basic service. Italian, German and California wines are also included depending on the destination of Korean Air flight. Top quality champagne is also served, such as Perrier-Jouet from France, with over 200 years of tradition.
  • Economy class meals: A variety of Korean dishes like Gondreabap, bibim noodles, bibimbap, stir fried spicy octopus with rice and assorted mushroom with rice are served. In addition, other foods including western, Japanese and Chinese selections are offered depending on the destination. A variety of snacks, including samgak kimbop, pizza, makkoli rice cakes, and cup ramen, are served on long flights. Wines with rich aroma and smooth taste are specially selected from Chile, Australia and France. 

Special Meals: Korean Air serves a variety of special meals to accommodate passengers' needs based on health (type of illness/allergy to certain type of food), age or religion. For special meal order, travelers have to call the Service Centers Open or directly order via “My Trips Open in new window” at least 24 hours before departure. Special meals are available on flights where in-flight meals are offered and selection may be limited/substituted, depending on availability of local Korean Air caterers.

TailManufacturerModelAge / BuiltDelivered
Boeing 747-4B5F 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5F 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5FER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-322 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-322 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-222 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-322 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-322 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-322 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-86N 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-86N 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8B5/W 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8B5 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8B5/W 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8B5 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8B5 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8B5 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 20 / 2000 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5FER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-4B5ERF 15 / 2005 2005-10-28
Boeing 747-4B5ERF 14 / 2006 2006-01-13
Boeing 747-4B5FER 14 / 2006 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8THF 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8THF 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 9 / 2011 2011-09-07
Airbus A380-861 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5F 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5F 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5F 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Airbus A380-861 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5F 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5F 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 747-8B5 3 / 2017 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 19 / 2001 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323X 18 / 2002 2002-08-08
Airbus A330-323 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 14 / 2006 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8GQ/W 14 / 2006 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8GQ/W 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-2B5ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5(ER) 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-323 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FEZ 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FEZ 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 3 / 2017 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 3 / 2017 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5(ER) 9 / 2011 2011-11-21
Boeing 737-9B5ER (W) 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-75B BBJ 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5ER (W) 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8BK (W) 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8BK (W) 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8Q8 (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8LH (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-8SH (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5ER (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5ER (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5ER (W) 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-9B5ER (W) 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-3B5ER 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Airbus A330-223 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-FB5 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Disclaimer for airline KAL data
Korean Air (KAL) information and dates are derived from PlaneMapper database. The data is for informational purposes only and PlaneMapper is not responsible for the accuracy and reliability of airline Korean Air data.